The Colorado Avalanche defencemen depth has greatly improved since a couple of seasons ago when many would argue the team only had a couple of actual NHL level defencemen with them at the time. Let’s take a look at what defencemen the team currently has under contract after this season.

Under Contract

 AgeCap HItLast year of contractClauses
Erik Johnson31$6,000,0002022-23M-NTC NMC
Tyson Barrie27$5,500,0002019-20
Ian Cole30$4,250,0002020-21
Mark Barbario29$1,450,0002019-20
Cale Makar20$880,8332020-21
Samuel Girard21$728,3332019-20
Nicolas Meloche21$853,3332019-20
Josh Andedrson20$765,0002020-21
Mark Alt27$725,0002019-20
Conor Timmins20$925,0002020-21

RFA rights held by the team still

 AgeLast Seasons Cap Hit
Nikita Zadorov24$2,150,000
Ryan Graves23$650,000
Anton Lindholm24$717,500
Sergei Boikov23$681,667
Mason Geertsen24$650,000

Unsigned D men

 AgeDraft Position (NHL)
Nate Clurman212016 round 6 #161 overall by Colorado Avalanche
Danila Zhuravlyov192018 round 5 #146 overall by Colorado Avalanche
Nick Leivermann202017 round 7 #187 overall by Colorado Avalanche

Cale Makar joined the Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this last season. He played in 10 playoff games for the team and scored 1 goal and 5 assists in that time. He finished those first 10 games with a plus 3 +/- rating. I would have to think that with the way he played he has become a lock to start next season on the NHL roster.

Conor Timmins was shut down for the full last season but there have been reports that he is actually healthy but that the team wanted to be very careful and make sure that his concussion issues were a thing of the past before getting him back on the ice. That being said we can be hopeful that these concussion issues are a thing of the past by the time we get to training camp next season.

The Avalanche also have the number 4 and 16 overall picks in the coming 2019 NHL Entry Draft. It is unknown at this time if they will take a defenceman or another position at those selections, but there are very high-quality players of all forward and defense positions that should be available at 4 as well as 16.

When the draft is over if the team adds anyone we can revisit this article or possibly do a new one breaking down what the fans should expect moving forward.

What are your thoughts?

Are you excited for the teams future on the blue line? Do you think that the team needs to make a trade or try and sign someone in UFA to help the core out? There are a few notable UFA defencemen players such as Erik Karlsson or Jake Gardiner but both would likely command a very large contract offer to generate any interest from there side. Would it be worth it to try and land a big-name defencemen? I will look into some of those possibilities and more in a future article. (Will be linked here) Any of your thoughts or input on that is welcome!

Check out the goal tending situation here!

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Colorado Avalanche Position Breakdown: Defencemen 2019 Off-Season
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Colorado Avalanche Position Breakdown: Defencemen 2019 Off-Season
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Check out the status of the Colorado Avalanches defencemen as we head into the 2019 offseason. What should the team do to help prep for next season?
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